Do you need ultra-fast Internet on campus?  Head to Kansas or South Carolina

Do you need ultra-fast Internet on campus? Head to Kansas or South Carolina

Will you be living on or near campus this semester? Looking to supplement those late-night study sessions with binge-watching Netflix and game streaming? Are any of your classes online? You’ll want to make sure the networks in your area are working when you need them most.

Ookla used his intelligence Speedtest(Opens in a new window) data to determine the college towns with the fastest (and slowest) internet speeds for students using cellular networks and fixed broadband networks.

If you’ve upgraded to a 5G phone, expect incredible speeds at Kansas State University. 5G speeds in Manhattan, Kansas measured an average of 324.14 Mbps in 5G speed tests during Q2 2022, making it the best overall college town for 5G speeds. Rounding out the top five were Clemson, SC; College Park, Maryland; Auburn, Alabama and Troy, New York. “Students in these places have every advantage when using 5G phones for school or gaming,” Ookla concluded.

On the other hand, your 5G phone may be a brick in Bowling Green, Kentucky, home to Western Kentucky University, which averaged 47.76 Mbps for downloads. Fayetteville, Arkansas; Blacksburg, Virginia; Cheney, Washington; and Morgantown, WV also had poor 5G performance. “Students in these places may want to consider whether 5G is worth the additional investment,” says Ookla.

Looking at mobile performance across the board, 4G and 5G, Clemson ranks first with an average download speed of 175.77 Mbps during Q2 2022, followed by Tempe, Arizona; Kent, Ohio; College Park, Maryland; and Providence, Rhode Island.

Overall mobile performance in college towns

“All of these cities have excellent download speeds, well above the average mobile download speed of 59.89 Mbps in the US during July 2022, according to the Speedtest global index,” according to Ookla. “In total, 52 of the college towns on our list showed an average download speed higher than this during Q2 2022.”

Bennington, Vermont, home to Pennington College and Southern Vermont College, had the worst mobile performance at 17.25 Mbps.

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best and worst college towns for fixed broadband speeds

If you’d rather not use all of your phone data and want access to a fixed broadband connection on campus, look no further than Grambling, Louisiana. Home to Grambling State University, the city averaged 333.65 Mbps on the Ookla speed test. Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Dover, Delaware; and Manchester, NH also performed well on the broadband test.

However, Oberlin College in Ohio, South Dakota State University at Brookings, and Tuskegee University in Alabama ranked among the lowest for fixed broadband speeds.

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Disclosure: Ookla is owned by PCMag’s parent company, Ziff Davis.

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